Burgess or Bust

There are many words and phrases that describe Sam Burgess. Read any article about him and you will likely find him referred to as a ‘beast’ or a ‘man mountain’, or any other numerous ways of trying to get across what a unique physical specimen and gifted rugby player he is.

One phrase that does not describe Burgess, though, is one of the best centres in England.

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Hungry Minnows: World Cup Ambitions for the Lowly Seeds

How does the World Cup experience manifest itself for those nations likely to be scrapping at the other end of the table? In fact ‘scrapping’ does them a disservice, for even writing the word reinforces the idea of a wise old ceiling existing between the guppies and the sharks that can have as much ‘pluck’ and ‘heart’ thrown at it as it wants…it won’t break.

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Props Les pilier as they are called in France; props are the pillars, the anchors, the foundations, or indeed any number of metaphors and clichés of your choosing. All of which are similarly designed...

The Chopper: Dan Lydiate

The Chopper: Dan Lydiate

Any true rugby player will tell you that making that perfect tackle feels as good as scoring a try. I love it. You love. We all love a solid big-hit once in a while....